Top 10 Best Short Motivational and Inspirational Stories in 2020

Top 10 Best Short Motivational and Inspirational Stories

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Short inspirational stories are great written tools used to pass vital lessons about life. The beautiful thing with these stories how easy it is to understand and pick a moral lesson from. Some of these stories are real while others were made up purely for morals. The stories on our list today have been carefully selected out of a million others, they are filled with high moral lessons to learn at the end of each story.

The top 10 true motivational /inspirational stories

So over the course of a few months, I have taken it upon me to read these short stories am about to list, and I must say they are really wonderful short stories with great morals. So I decided to come up with this article listing the top 10 best short moral/inspirational stories that I’ve read so far.

So in each short story subheading, I have made sure to include the theme of the story, the short narration of the morals of the story at the end of each short story. If you are ready to learn some morals, please continue reading!

  • The Elephant Rope – Belief
  • Thinking Out of the Box – unconventional thinking
  • The Group of Frogs – Good Words
  • A Pound of Butter – Honesty
  • The Obstacle In Our Path – Determination
  • The Butterfly – Independence
  • Control Your Temper – Self Control
  • The Blind Girl – Change
  • Puppies for Sale – Understanding
  • Box Full of Kisses – Love
  1. The Elephant Rope – Belief

There was a particular man who visited the elephant’s camp and realized that the elephants weren’t cages. On discovering why he later realized all that holding the elephants from running free was just a short rope tied to their legs to another short pole. Surprised at what he saw, he wondered why the elephants never used its strength to break free, that’s just a tiny piece of robe and pole, the man wondered.

Still not satisfied with what he saw, he decided to approach a nearby trainer and inquire why the elephants have never tried using their strengths to break free. The trainer answered and said

“when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

So in simpler words, the elephants over time adopted the belief that it was impossible to escape, hence they stayed tied.


In life we many of us have adopted the belief that most times can’t be achieved, we must therefore break the circle of belief, and realize that nothing is impossible to do.

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  1. Thinking Out of the Box – unconventional thinking

In a small town in Italy, a businessman who had a small business was reported to be owing a loan-shark a huge sum of money. The loan shark is said to be quite old and not good-looking, but the twist to the story was that he liked the businessman’s daughter.

And so the old man decided that the only way the businessman would pay up his dept is to allow him to marry his daughter. As intended, the idea was not a pleasant one to the businessman, hence a game was played.

The loan shark said he would place to pebbles into a bag, one black, and one while. The deal was, the businessman daughter would have to pick a pebble from the bag, and white would mean the Father’s dept is cleared with no marriage while the black would mean dept cleared with marriage.

The meeting is held on a pebble-strewn path, the loan shark reached for the floor and picked two pebbles. Whilst he was picking them up, the businessman daughter noticed he picked two black pebbles. The loan shark then asked the daughter to pick a pebble from the bag. She had three options available to her:

  • Decide not to pick any pebble
  • Pick both pebbles and expose the cheating loan shark
  • Pick a pebble knowing it is black and free her dad from his dept.

She decided to pick a pebble and immediately dropped it among other pebbles. And said to the loan shark “Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The loan shark knowing that he would be caught for cheating had to play along and pretended she picked the white pebble.


Life may offer us limited options to most of our problems but there certainly a million other options available to us. Regularly try to think outside the box, there are other better options there.

  1. The Group of Frogs – Good Words

Read this, it is one of the good moral stories you need.

On a fine cool day, a group of frogs was all traveling across the woods, suddenly two of the frogs fell into a deep pit, the others had to surround the pit and looked for a way to help them out, of which all trial prove to no avail. There announced to the two frogs that the pit was too deep and there’s no way out.

But the two frogs were not ready to take no for an answer, they decided to try jumping out of the pit. And so, they started to jump, but still couldn’t make it out. The frogs outside kept yelling at the two frogs to stop the jumping and give up. Advice which one of the frogs heeds to and died. Hoping the other would follow suit, he decided to keep trying.

He kept jumping but still didn’t make it, and was subsequently being yelled upon by the others to stop the pain and die peacefully. The frog kept jumping and fortunately reached out. On getting out, the other frogs confronted him and asked why he kept at it even with their yelling?

“The frog had to tiredly explain to them that he was deaf and thought they were encouraging him all along”


Words have been known to be powerful tools of both edifying and destruction. It is therefore only wise we choose the words we use wisely. They could go a long way in determining other people’s actions.

  1. A Pound of Butter – Honesty

In a small town, there was a farmer who sold butter to a baker. The baker over time became worried if he was getting the right quantity, he then decided to measure the butter and discovered he wasn’t getting the right quantity. Angry at his discovery, the baker took the farmer to court.

On getting to the court, the judge asked the farmer if he had a tool for measurement. The farmer replied, “Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.”

The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?”

The farmer replied and said

“Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”


In life, we should be honest in all our dealings. Because most times it is what we give that we get.

  1. The Obstacle In Our Path – Determination

Read this, it is one of the good moral stories you need.

Long ago, it was reported that a king has a boulder placed in the center of a road. The king then hid in the bush to see who will be determined to remove the obstacle. While he was there, his wealthiest nobles passed and didn’t do anything to the obstacle, rather they complained of how the king was a bad ruler to allow such on the road.

Then came a peasant with vegetables on his head. On seeing the obstacle, he decided to let down his vegetables and try moving the boulder out of the road. Not sure he could do it alone, he struggled with the obstacle but was determined to not give up. Eventually, he finally achieved his goal, and the boulder was removed from the road.

On trying to carry his vegetables, he saw a purse where the boulder was. It contained coins and a letter from the King, which says the money was for whoever removed the boulder out of the way.


In life, we are always faced with many obstacles. We can choose to complain and blame others for it or try to find a solution by doing something about it.

  1. The Butterfly – Independence

On a faithful day, a man accidentally found a cocoon of a butterfly. As days went on, the man discovered they were an opening. He had to sit and watch as the butterfly struggled for its independence. It literally tried to free its body from the cocoon. But all to no avail the butterfly decided to stop.

The man sat and wondered why the butterfly would give up so easily, he then decided he would help the butterfly. He took scissors and stripped the cocoon open for the butterfly to come out easily, which it did. But something went wrong. The butterfly came out but couldn’t fly. The body was swollen with tiny wings.

The sad for hours watching and hoping with time it wings will grow out to enable the butterfly to fly its way up. But that never happens. The butterfly spent its entire life crawling on the floor with a swollen body and tiny wings.

Tho with good intentions, but the man never knew the tight cocoon and the butterfly fight for independence was God’s way of making the butterfly wings grow by forcing the fluid to the wings. This will adequately aid the butterfly to prepare for flying.


As humans, we should all strive for our self-independence, not all help we get from people will do us good, most will cause more harm in the long run. Learn to always for independence.

  1. Control Your Temper – Self Control

Read this, it is one of the good moral stories you need.

This one is about a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father then thought it wise to give the young man a bag of the nail and instructed him to nail them into the fence every time he gets angry.

Just on the first day alone, the boy nailed 37 into the fence and subsequently kept nailing every day until he started to control his anger. The little boy discovered it was easier to control his anger than to nail the fence. He eventually stopped getting angry and therefore nailed no more.

He decided to tell his father about his achievement, and the father instructed him to start pulling the nails off the fence each time he controlled his anger. The little boy eventually all out and told his father. The father then led him to the fence and said

“you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”


We should all learn to control our anger, we always regret most things we say when angry. It, therefore, better you always stay calm in terrible situations that would lead to anger. You might apologize but the wound never heals.

  1. The Blind Girl – Change

There was once a girl who hated everything about life including herself for being blind and not able to see. But there was an exception and it was her boyfriend, who dearly cared for her, and was always with her. Due to this, she wished she can see the world and she would marry him.

On one faithful day, someone donated eyes to a blind girl. Now she can see, and then the boyfriend asked her if she would marry him now? since she can see the world.

The girl was then shocked on discovering that her boyfriend was also blind. She rejected him and his proposal and the boy left heartbroken and cried home. A few days later he sent a message to her saying

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”


The world is in a state of flux, everything changes. As humans, we change as our current situation changes. We forget easily our promises and commitment and most of us become ungrateful. This story is really a touching one for me. There are many other meanings one can connote from it.

  1. Puppies for Sale – Understanding

Read this, it is one of the good moral stories you need.

A man put out a sign in the front of his store that read “puppies for sale”. Soon after a boy approached the man ask

“How much are you going to sell the puppies for?”

The man answered and told him anything between $30 to $50. The boy brought out some change from his pocket that amounted to $2.37. He told the shop owner that’s all he has and would like to see the puppies.

The shop owner chuckled and called the dogs out. Then immediately 5 puppies came running out but one was seriously struggling to walk. The boy noticed it and ask the shop owner why the dog struggled to walk.

The shop owner explained to the boy that the dog won’t have a hip socket and would therefore remain lame always.

The boy became excited and requested that particular dog. But the shop owner insisted that the boy doesn’t have to pay to get the dog, he would freely give him the dog.

The boy grew a little upset and requested he wants that particular dog. The man tried countering the boy but to his surprise, the little boy rolled up his trousers to show the shop owner his twisted crippled legs that is being supported by a metal brace.

The boy in a calm tone replied to the shop owner and said “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”


In life, it is always better to be around people who understand you. People who won’t judge you immediately but try to understand your situation.

  1. Box Full of Kisses – Love

Once upon a time, there was a man who has a little girl, one day he was upset with her for wasting gold rapping papers during Christmas. The little girl wanted to create a Christmas box for the family’s Christmas tree.

Inspire all he did, the little girl was still happy and approached her dad with the gift. She said it was for him. The man initially became embarrassed but soon became angry again after discovering that the box was empty. He yelled at her and told her that a gift box is meant to be filled with something.

The little started crying and told the dad that saying “I blew kisses into the box and they are all for you Daddy”

The dad again realized his mistakes and begged for her forgiveness.

Months past and an unfortunate event took the girl’s life. She died and the dad was left really sad.

He then decided to place the gold box by his bedside and would always open it and bring out an imaginary kiss anytime he is feeling down.


Love should always come first. Everyone should learn to love as the little girl did. It cost us nothing to love ourselves and others.

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